Local News

  • New pastor called to First United Methodist Church

    The First United Methodist Church rings in the new year with pastor Michael Coppersmith.
    Coppersmith, a native of Pamona, Calif., recalled his childhood as being somewhat rebellious.
    “I guess I was your typical kid,” said Coppersmith. “I had my share of getting into trouble but for the most part I grew up just like everyone else, minus skipping school to go smoke.”
    At the age of 16, Coppersmith decided to move out of his parent’s house and joined the army at the age of 17.

  • Six candidates seek four city commission positions

    There will be no local elections on the primary ballot this spring.
    According to Harrison County Clerk Linda Furnish, only six candidates filed seeking election to the Cynthiana City Commission. For there to have been a primary race, nine candidates needed to file.
    The six candidates -- incumbents Gary Brunker, Jack Keith, Billy Grayson, Roger Slade, along with Mary Grable and Amanda Moore -- will appear on the November ballot.

  • Reds Caravan comes to Cynthiana

    The Cincinnati Reds Caravan cruised through Cynthiana last  Thursday with a noon stop at Angilo’s in Harrison Square. In one photograph, below, Reds manager Dusty Baker, signed a bobble head for James Martin, behind and to the right of Baker. Seated at the table with Baker is former Cynthiana City Commission Bill Doan. Looking on are Chuck Duffy and Bill Poindexter. Reds fans packed the two dining rooms at Angilo’s. Also pictured below, Todd Frazier, right, who is a left fielder and third baseman for the Reds, signed autographs for fans.

  • Impact award nominations needed

    The Bluegrass Alliance for Women seeks nominations for its 2012 Impact Awards.
    These awards, given at the county level, recognize women who have made a strong commitment to improve the lives of women and girls within the 17-county Bluegrass Area Development District. These awards bring recognition to women who are empowering women and girls in their communities and might otherwise go unnoticed through other channels.

  • Grassland Reserve Program application deadlines are Feb. 15 and April 2

    Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP).  Although GRP applications are continually accepted, the application ranking cutoff dates for 2012 are Feb. 15 and April 2.
    Applications received after April 2, 2012, will be deferred until the next ranking cycle.
    The Grassland Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners and operators the opportunity to protect grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources.  


    And just like that, proverbial lines were drawn in the sand... or in this case, Kentucky soil.
    Harrison County’s state representative, Tom McKee, said Monday night that the new redistricting of House and Senate boundaries boiled down to politics.
    Harrison County’s 78th House district changes minimally. However, the new Senate lines are dramatic.
    Sen. R.J. Palmer, a Winchester Democrat, has served as Harrison County’s representation in the Senate for the last 10 years.

  • Tennessee man faces theft charge here

    A Tennessee resident was extradited by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department following a theft by deception charge that is more than a year old.
    According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Jody Allen, 34, was extradited from Rogersville, Tenn., on Thursday, Jan. 19, for charges related to a theft by deception case which was filed in Harrison County September 2010.
    According to the sheriff’s report, Allen purchased 536,250 tobacco plants from Asbury Greenhouse in 2010 and paid the balance with a “bad check.”

  • Webb trial set for July in adjoining Pendleton

    Harrison Circuit Judge Jay Delaney ruled last Wednesday afternoon that the Bass Webb murder trial will be conducted in Pendleton Circuit Court in Falmouth.
    Delaney had ordered in December that the trial site be moved because of pre-trial publicity which had contaminated the jury pool in Harrison County.
    Following a Friday mornign conference call, Delaney set the trial date for July 18-Aug. 17.

  • Police ordinance designed to help victims of thefts retrieve valuables

    In an effort to curtail stolen items from being destroyed before they can be claimed, the Cynthiana Police Department is proposing an ordinance that would set requirements for businesses dealing with pawned or recycled items.
    Chief Ray Johnson told Cynthiana City Commissioners Tuesday that in many cases stolen items taken in by brokers are melted down or otherwise destroyed before the owner even knows they are missing.
    The ordinance establishes a specific amount of time that pawned or recycled items must be retained before being resold or destroyed.

  • Lutz announces candidacy for 78th House of Representative post

    Bryan Lutz announced his candidacy for the Kentucky State House of Representatives for the 78th district, which currently includes Harrison, Pendleton, Robertson counties and portions of Scott County.
    “My operating principle will be to work for smaller, yet more effective state government, real tax reform to lower the tax burden of all Kentuckians, and a real focus on bringing jobs to this area,” Lutz said. “We have to change the direction of losing jobs from this area to making this a business friendly district.”